Read what the local and national media had to say on Southend United's 4-1 defeat at RochdaleRead what the local and national media had to say about Southend’s Good Friday defeat to Rochdale.
A game that started so well as Jack Payne gave the Blues the lead, turned in to a frustrating afternoon as Dale levelled through Grant Holt just before half time, and the home side completed the turnaround with three second half goals.
Southend United’s play-off hopes suffered a huge blow with a 4-1 drubbing at Rochdale this afternoon.
The Blues seemed set for a successful Good Friday when Jack Payne fired them in front mid-way through the first half.
But Dale hit back with a quartet of strikes to send Blues down to 12th in the League One table, four points below the top six with just eight games to go.
Rochdale leapfrogged Southend to climb up to eighth place in League One with a comfortable win over the Shrimpers.
Jack Payne dinked a shot over goalkeeper Daniel Bentley to put Southend ahead before veteran forward Grant Holt drilled home an equaliser.
Joe Rafferty's first goal of the season put Dale in front and Jamie Allen made it 3-1 with a long-range drive.
Joe Bunney added a fourth to move Rochdale to within two points of the play-off places.
Rochdale came from behind to record a magnificent 4-1 win over Southend United at Spotland on Good Friday – their fourth consecutive win.
The visitors took the lead shortly before the half hour mark through Jack Payne, but Grant Holt was on target for Dale before the interval to ensure the teams went into the break on level terms.
A rampant Rochdale emerged for the second half, dominating the match and scoring a further three. Joe Raffery sent Keith Hill’s side in front four minutes after the re-start, before Jamie Allen lashed a wonderful long range effort beyond Dan Bentley shortly after the hour. Substitute Joe Bunney rounded off the scoring in stoppage time.
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Rochdale moved to within two points of the League One play-offs after a crushing 4-1 win against Southend at Spotland.
After falling behind to Jack Payne’s opener, Dale never looked back once Grant Holt had levelled things up four minutes before the break. They completely bossed the second half to run out comfortable winners and claim their sixth victory from the last seven games.